Post Edited (Kiera) : 3/24/2008 5:42:46 AM (GMT-6)
You don't mention how old your dog is. If he is just a puppy, now is the time to do a lot of training. Dogs can be wonderful companions. I wouldn't give up my 2 for anything, and they are both up around 100lbs each. If I didn't have total control my life would be chaos. My husband is always calling me alpha leader, well someone has to be, or the dogs will take that position. You really should put all of the toys away where your dog can't just help himself to them. You are the one who decides what he plays with and when, that will eliminate toys all over the floor. Take out a toy, have a good play session and then put the toy away. As far as the bears in your cabinet, that is easy to solve. When you see him going for one, in a firm (not loud) voice say No, if he backs off give him a treat and make a fuss. If he still goes for it, make him drop it (leaders never take, but make pack members give up), put it back and start all over. Dogs are smart, they will catch on really quick if you just give them a chance. Dogs without training will run amok in you house and make things miserable instead of pleasant. Most of us think that dogs have to be petted and hugged and fussed over all the time, not true, a well balanced dog is just as happy to lay on the floor by your feet as to be fussed over. You might try obedience classes, they can do wonders. Good luck with your furry friend.